Cheaper bus and train travel

Many students will be provided with a free bus pass through the Learner Support Fund. But if you are not eligible for this, or if you receive a travel grant (rather than a bus pass) from the Learner Support Fund, this information will help you find the cheapest way to travel to College.

Travel on any bus or train – West Yorkshire 

The majority of the discounted tickets that you can use across bus companies and on trains are available from Metro and require you to have an M-Card. For 16 to 18 year olds this is the 16 to 18 Photocard.

You can get this Photocard:
Online. You will need a valid UK passport or driving licence and a digital passport-quality photo to upload.
• At a Bus Station Travel Centre. You will need to take proof of identity and age (such as your birth certificate or NHS medical card) and proof that you live in West Yorkshire (such as a bank statement). There is a £5 charge for the photocard.

It will take 7 to 14 days for you to receive your Photocard.

This M-Card will allow you:

• To pay half-fare on bus and rail travel in West Yorkshire.
• To purchase weekly and monthly tickets allowing almost unlimited bus travel in West Yorkshire.

  • £10.30 – weekly
  • £37.80 – monthly
  • £2.75 – daily ticket (only available on the bus)

For the full range of M-Cards and tickets visit Metro’s website.

Travel on First buses

First is the main bus company within the Bradford and Leeds area. If you receive a free bus pass from the Learner Support Fund it will be a First bus pass.

There are a number of ways to buy First tickets/bus passes:
• Online.
• Using the mTickets app, available from the First bus website.
• On the bus.

The following tickets are available:

• First Day ticket - £2.50 (purchase on the bus or as an mTicket)
• FirstWeek ticket - £8.30 (purchase on the bus or as an mTicket)
• FirstMonth Student ticket - £45 (purchase online)
• FirstTerm Student Ticket - £155 for the Autumn term & £130 for the Spring and Summer terms (purchase online)

Other bus companies

Most bus operators offer a range of daily, weekly, monthly and longer tickets which are cheaper than paying individual fares. You need to visit their websites to find out which would be best for you (see Related Links, above right).

NOTE: prices above are correct (July 2019) but may change. Check the travel companies' websites for the most up-to-date information.